Western Australia woman nearly throws away $1.235m lotto ticket

BROOME, WA –  A Broome woman almost threw away $1.235 million when she mistook her winning lottery ticket for a piece of rubbish. Luckily she came forward to claim her prize after realising her near devastating mistake.

The woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, has come forward to claim her Division One Lotto prize from the weekend, after retrieving it from her recycling bin.

She said she went looking for the ticket after visiting Broome Lottery Centre and finding out they had sold Western Australia’s only Division One winning ticket in Saturday’s $21 million Superdraw.

The Broome resident bought her winning Slikpik 50 ticket about two weeks before the draw after a family friend reminded her about the $21 million offer.

The woman said her huge win had come after many financial struggles in life. She said she was looking forward to providing her children with a better future and more opportunities in life.

Lotto winners were not the ones to benefit from the weekend’s Superdraw, with Lotterywest raising $4.3 million for Western Australia’s hospitals, sports and arts groups, and thousands of community organisations.

WA Lotto players will have another chance to win big in the $22 million Saturday Lotto Superdraw on 22 October.

source: TheWest.com.au

Published: September 15, 2011

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